An image of The music room

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

(United States of America, England 11 Jul 1834 – 17 Jul 1903)

The music room

Location
Not on display
Further information

In 1858 in Paris Whistler fell ill and went to stay with the family of his half-sister Deborah. She was married to the surgeon, Francis Seymour Haden, who owned a considerable collection of prints, especially those of Rembrandt, and was on the path of becoming a highly accomplished etcher in his own right. Haden encouraged his brother-in-law to start etching during his convalescence, and Whistler found convenient subjects in the Haden household at 62 Sloane Street, London. The man reading the newspaper is Haden; the woman is Deborah Haden, and the other figure is James Reeves Traer, Haden’s medical partner.

Year
1858
Media
Print
Medium
etching and drypoint in brown ink
Dimensions
14.5 x 21.6 cm platemark; 18.5 x 30.9 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1975
Accession number
17.1975